Oamaru Force filly The Big Dance made a dream debut when routing her rivals in Saturday’s $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo.
Part-owned and prepared by local trainer Danny Curran, she led virtually all the way to defeat Bundy Red (Globetrotter) and Miss Gidget (Gonski) by more than two lengths.
“We thought she was pretty good but you don’t know till you try them in a race,” Curran said. “I bought her at last year’s VOBIS Gold yearling sale. She went through early in the morning and there was no-one there. She only cost $750!”
The Big Dance is by Geiger Counter sire Oamaru Force and Noor Elaine Farm manager Mark Caldwell stands him for a $2,750 (inc gst) fee in Euroa. The best of his stakes winner to date have been Mid Summer Music (G1 Stradbroke Hcp) and Diplomatic Force (G2 Yallambee Classic).
“I think she’s a Group 1 filly,” Curran predicted. “We will wait until making a decision on her next race. We will target the VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield next month or send her to the paddock,”
The VOBIS Gold Rush winner is from Curzon Dancer (Danehill Dancer) and is closely related to the Group 1 winners Blackfriars (Victoria Derby) and Larrocha (South Australian Oaks).
Curzon Dancer has a yearling colt by Oamaru Force, a colt on the ground by Easy Choice and she was bred back to Unencumbered last year.